Bam Adebayo Sees Himself as Heat Lifer, Wants to Be Miami Heat’s Next Udonis Haslem

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Miami Heat big man Bam Adebayo wants to remain with the team that drafted him into the NBA for the rest of his career.

The All-Star youngster said as much during an Instagram Live interview with iHeartRadio’s Ashley Cole.

“Right now, my mindset is yes because I can’t dictate the future,” Adebayo said when asked if considers himself a “Heat lifer” during the interview. “If I could, I would like to stay here like [Udonis Haslem]. But you never know what happens in the future. Everybody just knew D-Wade (Dwyane Wade) was a lifer until he left because of situational reasons. You never know. But for me, I feel like I am. I feel like I would want to be a part of [one] organization like UD did just because I look up to UD.”

Adebayo’s desire to be a Heat player for the entirety of his NBA career should come as music to the ears of Heat fans everywhere.

The primary reason why is because he’s blossomed into one of the most versatile and promising big men in the entire league.

Before the stoppage of NBA season, the University of Kentucky product was averaging 16.2 points, 10.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game.

Recently, he expressed his desire to average 20.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists next season. Only two players, Kevin Garnett and Wilt Chamberlain, have achieved that feat before. If Adebayo can join them, there is little doubt that he would be considered one of the NBA’s top bigs.

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